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Startup Sigfox wins over a carrier as new radios battle for the future of IoT

Peter Sayer | March 23, 2016
Network operator Altice is staking its international IoT business on the proprietary Sigfox system while it waits to see whether LTE-M is viable

Rather than play catch-up with LoRa or wait for the results of its LTE-M tests, Altice has decided to work with Sigfox, reselling that company's services in countries where they both have a presence.

"It was important to us to have the best technology -- and it's already deployed," Combes said.

Besides, said Altice's director of enterprise activities, Pascal Rialland, the LoRa Alliance's way of working had not convinced them it will be able to define a true standard.

Sigfox, on the other hand, has deployed its wide-area, narrow-band radio technology across France and is rolling it out in other countries, often through partnerships with other operators. The radio protocol is proprietary but "licensed for free" to semiconductor manufacturers making compatible chips, cutting the cost for device makers, according to deputy managing director Xavier Drilhon.

Altice also announced Tuesday that it is partnering with PTC Thingworx, which has built a software platform for developing apps to control and analyze the Internet of Things.

 

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